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Missing our Henry Cat

Our Henry cat has been missing for about a week and a half now. We have absolutely no idea where he is or what happened to him. He’s pretty good at being a cat and has sensible street smarts, so we’re hoping that he found his way into a nice house and is waiting for the right time to make his escape.

{Such a chill cat!}

{Such a chill cat!}

Henry cat is so cool and independent and generally keeps to himself, but still, it’s just really quiet and weird around our house without him here. Everytime I look in a spot where he usually hangs out I half expect him to be there.

{Taking charge of the sidewalk in front of our house}

{Taking charge of the sidewalk in front of our house}

I miss having to hide cords {like cell phone chargers} so Henry won’t destroy them, getting up in the middle of the night to get him off the dresser and stop chewing on our picture frames, wiping muddy cat paw prints off the counter {I know, I know}, his little heartbreaking meow demanding to go outside when it’s too late, and most especially his playful energy in the evenings and his furry self cuddled up at the end of our bed at night.

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Being so independent, Henry cat doesn’t care to be held or cuddled but we were really making some progress in getting him to let us pick him up and hold him for around 15 seconds as long as he was looking out the window. He and Jackson have become buddies lately – we go on “family” walks together with Henry – I always stay on our block when Henry wants to come along. I can still see and feel his presence everywhere.

{We hope you come home soon Henry cat!}

{We hope you come home soon Henry cat!}

The first few days were the hardest. At around day five we realized that there was only so much we could do. Right now we’re just wracking our brains trying to put the zero clues we have to good use and figure out where our sweet cat is. It’s been pretty taxing and extremely maddening. We’ve run through the gamut of emotions on this one – I suppose they call that the grieving process. I think we’re both more at ease now and just so, so, so hopeful that he will come home soon.

{Taking a walk with Henry and Jackson}

{Taking a walk with Henry and Jackson}

We’ve canvassed the neighborhood, hung “lost cat” signs on telephone poles, posted “missing cat” notes in our Nextdoor Madrona page and Craigslist, I called the company that Henry’s microchip is through to report him as missing, we get emails every day from the shelters with photos of all of the cats they have… One person emailed us from Craigslist with a HUGE list of suggestions – everything from what we’ve done to hiring a bloodhound to mixing our urine with water and making a trail outside that leads to our house so that Henry can follow it home if he was lost {we haven’t done that one yet!}. And if you’re curious what to say to someone whose pet is missing, you do not say “I hope he comes home” you say “I hope he comes home soon.”

{Between Henry and Jackson, every time I do laundry or make the bed I can count on one of them to show up and keep me company.}

{Between Henry and Jackson, every time I do laundry or make the bed I can count on one of them to show up and keep me company.}

Our neighbors have been really supportive and helpful. They have been emailing and texting to see if we’ve found Henry or asking us before even saying “hi” when we see them on the sidewalk. One neighbor even offered to send an email to the uber exclusive “Madrona Mom’s” group on our behalf to ask people to keep their eyes out for him. Sure glad we passed out Christmas cookies to all of our neighbors this year!

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It’s really hard just not knowing anything about his whereabouts. He really could be anywhere. We are so hopeful, still, that one of the next 4,293,401 times we go check the front porch that he’ll just be sitting there pawing at the window wanting to come in. We just hope that is sooner rather than later because we really miss our Henry cat!

{So playful!}

{So playful!}

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Summer So Far…

The days have been coming and going so fast lately it’s hard to even recall what we have been up to over the last three weeks since we’ve returned home from our big Euro trip.

{I got an ice cream maker!!}

{I got an ice cream maker!!}

Seattle summers are awesome. We put up with 9 months of rain for 3 months of perfection {shhh… don’t tell anyone! The traffic doesn’t need to get any worse…} and try to enjoy every minute of the sunshine while it sticks around.

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Because it doesn’t really get very hot in Seattle it’s pretty rare to see air conditioning. Our pets have been using the tile floors and the cement to keep cool on the hotter days.

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It seems like I have been extra busy with random little tasks. Here are some things that have been going on lately:

  • I just started a new workout program at the Pilates studio in our neighborhood. My friend Mary finished her Pilates certification so now my classes with her are done, but that leaves me in need of an exercise program! I am taking barre classes and reformer classes and am loving the new studio.
  • We’ve caught the decorating bug and I have been coordinating {read: shopping} a bunch of home decor stuff, painters, tile guys and other tradesmen. It’s the perfect excuse to hang out on Pinterest and Houzz! We hope to “finish” our house {that will really never happen} by the holidays… Stay tuned to keep up with our progress!
  • The berries, stone fruits and tomatoes are so phenomenal right now! I have been taking Jackson down to our neighborhood’s farmer’s market every week that we’ve been home and stockpiling as much produce as I can carry home. I’m going to try to find a good gazpacho recipe for tomorrow’s tomatoes…
  • It’s that time of year again when Jackson and Henry need to go to the vet. I took J in for his rabies and bordatella shots {of course two separate visits}, Henry went in today for his rabies shots, then Jackson goes in tomorrow for his first of two leptosperosis shots. I am always amazed at how often we visit the vet!
  • Alex has been getting back into biking now that his broken wrist and ribs are healed. He is loving it!
  • It’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner… That means ski season is getting closer! Alex and I are planning on getting new ski gear for the upcoming season so I’ve been doing a lot of shopping and researching, trying to find the best gear.
  • This is really going to be the busiest year we have ever had in terms of trips and travel, not to mention out of town guests, so I am trying to stay ahead of things and plan our trips… Shocking, I know 🙂

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{celebrating Patrick's birthday}

{celebrating Patrick’s birthday}

 

It’s Henry’s Birthday!

Today my little Henry cat turns 3! It has been fun to look back at photos of Henry and his late brother when they were tiny kittens. I sure do miss my Oliver cat but am thankful for the time we had him. Alex and I were talking this morning about what to do for Henry for his birthday, but it’s hard to know since he is so indifferent to anything. I think we’ll give him extra treats and lots of playtime… if he’ll oblige, that is!

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This Week’s Happenings

It hasn’t felt like a particularly busy last few weeks but I guess things are happening and making time fly by, as per usual. Here are the happenings around the Allen household this week:

View from Alex's ski tour.

View from Alex’s ski tour.

Alex enjoyed a ski tour with Carrie and Patrick last weekend. They skinned up a trail somewhere near Stevens Pass, took a break at the top and then skied down. Carrie and Patrick are some of our favorite people to ski with and now Alex is elated that they’re getting into back country skiing, too.

Kicking his feet up after a long hike up the mountain!

Kicking his feet up after a long hike up the mountain!

We have got ourselves a VERY naughty puppy. Month 9 has been one of the most difficult months so far. I think it’s been so tough in part because Jackson hasn’t been neutered yet, but also because we have been having a really inconsistent schedule and routine the last few weeks. It’s also hard because we know how darn good he can be and when he behaves like a jerk we know that it’s not his true colors, so that makes it all the more frustrating.

This is one thing that our lovely dog destroyed this week.... Naughty dog!

This is one thing that our lovely dog destroyed this week…. Naughty dog!

In other Jackson news, our pup had his first grooming appointment earlier this week. We had taken him to the groomer a few times a while back to get used to her and to get a bath, but this week was the first time he got a haircut and all that good stuff. He came back looking even more handsome than usual! Now if only she could groom some good manners and behavior into him, it would be even more worth the $70 price tag.

Well-groomed young man.

Well-groomed young man.

Henry has found a new spot to sleep recently. He’s been curled up next to the pillows on our bed and couldn’t look sweeter if he tried.

Henry cat!

Henry cat!

We made it a year without having cable TV! I really shouldn’t brag about that because it certainly doesn’t mean we didn’t watch TV over the last year. We canceled our cable package and relied on Hulu Plus and Netflix for our TV fix. With the X Games this weekend and the Olympics in a few weeks, alongside my love of watching the Food Network, we decided to get a cable TV package again. It’s literally $13 more each month {why did we cancel in the first place!?} than our current Internet package, plus $10 for an HD DVR, and we’ll be canceling our $15 Hulu Plus account, so it’s basically a wash. I am looking forward to having cable again!

Carrie on the ski tour.

Carrie on the ski tour.

The weather has been sooooo nice this week! It almost feels like spring {sorry Minnesota friends/family!}. We have sunny skies and flowers and trees starting to bud and flower here in Seattle. This nice weather in Seattle does not make for great ski conditions, though, so I’m going to be okay when the rain and cooler temperatures come back so that we can get some snow in the mountains.

Patrick skinning up the mountain.

Patrick skinning up the mountain.

Alex stayed home from work two days this week because he got the nasty bug that’s going around. He is on the mend and back at work now but still isn’t 100%. Finally after 18 days my cough turned a corner and has now almost subsided; however, my abs feel like I’ve been doing nothing but sit-ups for those 18 days and I can’t hardly use my upper ab muscles. Oh the joys of being sick!

Our well-stocked "pharmacy"

Our well-stocked “pharmacy”

This week was my second Pilates session with Mary, my friend and new Pilates instructor. I am so happy that I’m able to take some time out of my week for a Pilates lesson. I am loving it!

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We’ve got some good food on the menu this week. I am excited to take some chili with us to the mountains this weekend. It’s such a great lunch on a ski day!

Low-Key Weekly Recap

It has been a pretty low-key week here in the Allen household. We are finally easing our way into a pretty consistent routine and finding that we have some extra time on our hands. Here are some highlights from the week:

Lunch date at Kukai Ramen in Bellevue

Lunch date at Kukai Ramen in Bellevue on Thursday

Puppy play date with Berkeley at Marymoor - 3 weekends in a row!

Puppy play date with Berkeley at Marymoor – 3 weekends in a row!

Henry got a new bed but was more interested in the box it came in

Henry got a new bed but was more interested in the box it came in

Finally got him in the bed! Henry went to the vet for a check-up after the gouge in his leg. It's healing very well but he needs to remain indoors for ten more days to allow his wound to heal.

Finally got him in the bed! Henry went to the vet for a check-up after the gouge in his leg. It’s healing very well but he needs to remain indoors for ten more days to allow his wound to heal.

We took Jackson for a great walk and swim in Lake Washington on Saturday morning, followed by a delicious breakfast of bacon, egg and cheese biscuits at home.

We took Jackson for a great walk and swim in Lake Washington on Saturday morning, followed by a delicious breakfast of bacon, egg and cheese biscuits at home.

Our first fire of the season! We had a perfectly relaxing evening in front of the fire while enjoying a wonderful bottle of wine {Hidden Horse by Two Mountains}

Our first fire of the season! We had a perfectly relaxing evening in front of the fire while enjoying a wonderful bottle of wine {Hidden Horse by Two Mountains}

On Sunday evening we took a Wine 101 class at the Bottlehouse.

On Sunday evening we took a Wine 101 class at the Bottlehouse.

We got to sample 5 wines and learn a lot about identifying wines, as well as tasting and describing wine

We got to sample 5 wines and learn a lot about identifying wines, as well as tasting and describing wine

Jackson started a new tradition of jumping on our bed to get Alex up on the weekends

Jackson started a new tradition of jumping on our bed to get Alex up on the weekends

Jackson is getting pumped for ski season! He gets to experience snow for the first time in 2 weeks... he has no idea what he's in for!

Jackson is getting pumped for ski season! He gets to experience snow for the first time in 2 weeks… he has no idea what he’s in for!

We ended the weekend with a relaxing night on the couch watching a ski movie.

We ended the weekend with a relaxing night on the couch watching a ski movie.

A Week of Pet Drama

The week started off with a trip to the vet for Jackson. He had been battling a bit of a cough for a while and we got a little paranoid that it was turning into pneumonia so we thought it would be best to bring him in. Thankfully he just has bronchitis, so we got some antibiotics and now little Jackson is on the mend and his cough is almost completely gone.

Jack man loves his bed!

Jack man loves his bed!

At lunchtime on Monday I took Jackson out in the backyard to play. I was hanging out with him and Mr. Henry strolled up. Immediately I could tell that something was wrong with Henry – he just looked like he didn’t feel well. Ultimately I ended up bringing him inside, not knowing what was wrong, but when I went to check on him up in our bedroom a few minutes later I noticed there were a few blood spots on the mattress {the sheets were in the washing machine}. It took a few minutes to figure out where the blood was coming from but I was able to notice a pretty substantial gash on his back leg.

Henry hanging out outside before I realized he was injured.

Henry hanging out outside before I realized he was injured.

Not knowing what to do, I called the vet and they just said to keep an eye on it and to come in if it’s swollen or if his injured leg feels hot to the touch. Henry kept to himself for the rest of the day and ended up making himself comfortable under our bed. We figured that was so he didn’t have to jump up onto the bed or off of the bed, but the next day when he emerged I realized that his injured leg was more than twice the size of his other leg. Thankfully we were able to get him into the vet that afternoon.

Our little gimp!

Our little gimp!

The vet found an abscess and was able to drain some liquid and give him a shot of antibiotics. He sent us home with some pain killer and instructions to keep Henry inside for the week. We got Henry set up in his own little cat condo downstairs to make sure he was kept comfortable and away from Jackson.

His gigantic leg!

His gigantic leg!

Since his trip to the vet he has been recovering remarkably! His wound is now closed and the swelling is completely gone. Whew! We have plans to visit the vet again on Thursday for a re-check.

He wants to go outside SO bad!

He wants to go outside SO bad!

Alex and I have been through a lot of pet drama in the last year, but we are so thankful for our vet clinic. Four Paws Vets is absolutely fantastic. It’s so comforting to have a vet we can trust for the little things, but more importantly, for the big things.

Making himself comfortable on our bed.

Making himself comfortable on our bed.

In other exciting pet news, Jackson is a puppy school dropout! We got halfway through our third round of puppy classes (Puppy Junior High) and this class has been horrible for Jackson. There is something about the other puppies in the class that makes Jackson crazy. Because of that, and because we regularly work on training our dog, we didn’t feel like we were getting anything out of the class, so we’re done.

Jackson wearing Aspen's Franken Weenie costume - he HATED it!

Jackson wearing Aspen’s Franken Weenie costume – he HATED it!

We finished off the week with a quick puppy playdate with Berkeley, Ryan and Mary’s 4.5 month old wheaten terrier, and we’re hoping to join them at the dog park tomorrow.

Best buds!

Best buds!

We are very thankful for our animals and for the ability to provide adequate care and attention to them. It sure is a lot of work to raise a puppy, but our cat and dog make our lives so, so, so much better, more fulfilling and more enjoyable. Honestly, I don’t know what we’d talk about half the time if we weren’t talking about Henry or Jackson, or remembering silly memories with Oliver or Aspen. Even with the drama, the never ending visits to the vet and the frustrations and stress they cause us, we are so happy they are in our lives. They’re well worth the effort and investment.

 

Catching Up on the Little Things

Since May Alex and I have employed the mantra “go, go, go.” Now that it’s late October I am elated to say that I look forward to a “boring” winter with few activities, trips or get-aways planned. While the last 6 months has been unbelievably fun and exciting, time has flown by WAY too quickly. We can finally sit back, relax and spend some time at home and watch the time pass a bit more slowly.

Just hanging out!

Just hanging out!

In between our trips and visitors we managed to get a few things done around the house. We are currently in-progress with the creation of a mudroom as an entry point from our backyard to our house. Stay tuned for photos once it’s complete!

Just getting started...

Just getting started…

Three years later, we finally have a bookshelf. It truly took us three years to decide on a bookshelf for the office. It really was worth the wait. We ended up picking a Threshold bookshelf from Target and the price couldn’t have been better! It fits perfectly in the office {photos to come!} and is a great height for when we decide to add a TV to it sometime down the road.

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Right now our bedroom and the office are our decor priorities. We are hoping to purchase some curtains, a headboard and some art for our bedroom to go along with the rug we recently got. Our office was thrown together because it was so boring, but now that we’re getting some newer pieces we’ve decided to replace and/or rearrange many of the things that litter the walls.

Jackson LOVES the new rug - and so far, he has not been interested in chewing on it. Fingers crossed that keeps up!

Jackson LOVES the new rug – and so far, he has not been interested in chewing on it. Fingers crossed that keeps up!

We have a to do list that only grows. Every time I check something off the list I think of 3 things to add, it seems. The top priorities are a major deep clean {tomorrow!}, detailing the car {tomorrow!}, getting the house ready for winter {this weekend??} and re-grading our driveway {this weekend!}.

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I found the time one Sunday to make a delicious pot of chili. I have been excited for fall cooking for several weeks now and I am really looking forward to taking advantage of having a little extra time on my hands to hang out in the kitchen and whip up soups, stews, and hearty meals.

Chili and cornbread!

Chili and cornbread!

I’m also looking forward to trying new fall vegetables via our CSA. Our food box has been so fantastic this year and I’m really excited for the winter squashes, brussels sprouts and fall veggies we have in store.

Food Box

Food Box

Our puppy isn’t so much a puppy anymore! Little Jackson is days away from being 7 months old. We have him enrolled in puppy junior high and we have been taking him to agility classes. After some very rough weeks between months 4.5 and 6, I am pleased to say that Jackson is doing very, very well in our home. He has been quite well-behaved, eating very well and just being a great dog.

Jackson!

Jackson!

Henry continues to surprise us with how cuddly and affectionate he has become. In the past, Henry has preferred to keep to himself, but be near the action. Lately, he has let us hold him for more than 1.5323 seconds and he has been overly playful – even our cat sitter says she has seen a big change in his demeanor lately.

Henry has sooooo many toys!

Henry has sooooo many toys!

Alex and I are certainly going to enjoy our “shoulder season” before we begin skiing again, but we’re also looking forward to a pretty laid-back ski season this winter, too. This is our year of saying “no” to trips, so we don’t really have any upcoming trips to look forward to until next summer. I think my posts are going to be pretty boring for a while – at least I hope they will! 🙂

Oliver’s Memorial

Shortly after our little Oliver cat died, my mom suggested planting a baby tree in our backyard as a little memorial to Oliver. Anyone who has seen our backyard knows it’s about as big as a postage stamp, so, while I loved the idea of planting something in Oliver’s memory, I didn’t think a tree was quite right. Upon bringing this up to Alex, he suggested catnip. I thought that was perfect since Oliver acted like such a spazoid all the time, it was as though he was always high on catnip! Thanks for the tag-team effort in coming up with just the perfect thing to honor and remember Oliver with.

Henry getting his nose all up in the catnip!

Henry getting his nose all up in the catnip!

Last week we planted some catnip in our little retaining wall garden as a memorial to Oliver. He spent so much time in our backyard, racing across the fence, hunting birds and bugs, it seemed like the perfect place.

Protecting his catnip.

Protecting his catnip.

It’s safe to say, Henry LOVES the catnip! The catnip plants are right outside the window of my office and I frequently see Henry going to get a whiff or roll in the catnip – I’m going to be fighting off the neighbor cats here pretty soon, too.

He's happy with the new plants.

He’s happy with the new plants.

Henry

This week, a huge priority of mine and Alex’s has been on our cat Henry. After suddenly losing his brother last week we want to make sure that Henry is getting adequate attention, that he feels like we’re playing with him enough, and of course, that he knows we love him.

Such a cool cat :)

Such a cool cat 🙂

Being such a “cool cat” we are relieved that Henry seems to be doing really well with this adjustment. There are some moments that we can tell he senses Oliver and gets spooked out, but overall, it seems like Henry is doing okay, given the circumstances. He has been extra cuddly and it seems like he “checks in” with us more often. Alex did a little research on the cat mourning process for Henry and found that Henry may be looking for his brother for around 6 weeks, he might eat less and he might lose some hair, depending on how stressed he is. So far, Henry is eating completely normally and we haven’t noticed him losing any hair. He does seem to still be looking for his brother, though.

Henry.

Henry.

We had considered getting Henry a playmate since he and Oliver were such good pals; however, we have decided, at least for a while, that we’re not going to get another cat. Hopefully Henry and Jackson will become BFFs.

Alex filling up the pool for Henry and Jackson.

Alex filling up the pool for Henry and Jackson.

Shortly after we got Oliver and Henry as kittens we made the choice to allow them access to play outside. We made this choice because we felt that the quality of life would be far greater for them to have outdoor playtime than to be confined to our home. Certainly we knew the risks and potential consequences with this were greater, but to us, their quality of life was a very important consideration. For this reason, I have no regrets in letting Oliver outside and we are continuing to allow Henry to play outside. I have so much joy and so many memories thinking about how much more fun the boys had playing outside, exploring and making friends with the other neighborhood cats.

Wine, wilderness and work

It’s been really, really, really busy around here, hence it has taken me until Wednesday evening to post some notes from our weekend of “w’s” – wine, working and wilderness adventures. The last few weeks have made me unbelievably thankful that I’m able to work part-time so that I can manage our house, keep tabs on the pets and successfully plan our adventures all while Alex is working double-time at his job.

Jackson has been such a terror this week! Learning how to jump on the couch was only the beginning....

Jackson has been such a terror this week! Learning how to jump on the couch was only the beginning….

Even though Alex had to work part of Saturday we managed to have a pretty fantastic weekend! After Alex got back from work on Friday evening we headed up to the Bottlehouse and had a wonderful bottle of rose on the patio. We always have such a fun time up there.

Jack-o is getting so long! He weighs over 35 pounds now.

Jack-o is getting so long! He weighs over 35 pounds now.

Saturday was pretty laid back – Alex went in to his office for a few hours and then Jackson and I joined him for a family barbecue that his company was sponsoring, perhaps to make up for the fact that their employees have been working so much lately. Afterwards we brought Jackson to University Village, a dog-friendly outdoor shopping center, and did a little shopping. We were shopping for shorts for Alex but I ended up finding some awesome stuff on super sale at Banana Republic, so I was the only one who purchased anything.

I think Henry wants to go for a bike ride :)

I think Henry wants to go for a bike ride 🙂

Since it had been a whole day since we had been to the Bottlehouse we decided to run up there and grab a couple of bottles of rose to take back and drink on our patio. It was a wonderful way to spend the evening.

So much to be thankful for.

So much to be thankful for.

We found a very family-friendly hike just off of I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass at Denny Creek to take Jackson to on Sunday. This was his first “mountain hike” – we wanted to see what his limit was and wanted to give him more of a real picture of hiking since we have a big camping trip coming up.

Hiking at Denny Creek

Hiking at Denny Creek

Jackson did really well! The hike was an easy 4 miles with little elevation gain. He was so happy and got an unbelievable amount of attention from other hikers who passed by.

Taking a pit stop for a snack.

Taking a pit stop for a snack.

The mid-point of the hike was a rocky part of Denny Creek, so we let Jackson take a little dip in the water. Needless to say, he was filthy by the time we got back to the car.

Hiking.

Hiking.

Once we got home and got Jackson hosed off he was plum tuckered and passed out in the shower, so we got ready to meet Ali, Tyler and baby Vivian at Chateau Ste. Michelle’s member appreciation concert that they graciously invited us to attend with them again this year. The band was an Abba cover band, so they played a great variety of old Abba tunes – it was really fun!

Ali and Viv at our spot at Chateau Ste Michelle.

Ali and Viv at our spot at Chateau Ste Michelle.

We have been to a few concerts at the winery before and have built up quite a spread – we’ve got the wine glass stakes to hold the glasses in the ground, and thanks to Alex’s cousin Jenny’s generous wedding gift, we have an awesome picnic basket set. We failed to find a low table before the concert, but now know that we need to look on Amazon. There’s always next year, I guess!

Our amazing spread! LOVED the food :)

Our amazing spread! LOVED the food 🙂

The Furtwanglers!

The Furtwanglers!

Enjoying the music.

Enjoying the music.

This week has been off to a surprisingly busy start – I am frantically putting the finishing touches on planning Sarah’s bachelorette party next weekend, trying to get organized for this weekend, coordinating our amazing new dog walker and both Alex and I have a busy work week. Maybe by this time next year things will calm down???

Cuddles!

Cuddles!

.....quickly turned into biting of the arm.... story of the week!

…..quickly turned into biting of the arm…. story of the week!

Cooling off from the warm week.

Hard to stay mad at this face for too long 😉